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Everyday Medicine: Physical Examination

March 21, 2018

“Everyday Medicine” is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments, and procedures common in daily Animal Medical Center practice. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “Cytology” and “PCV.” Today’s post focuses on the physical examination. A physical examination is the foundation of your pet’s medical care. Abnormalities of the … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Physical Examination

Keeping Your Senior Pet Healthy

November 19, 2014

Since November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, this image posted on Twitter by @PetLiving caught my eye. Adopting a grey muzzle pet bypasses the need to housebreak, train and socialize your pet, all necessary tasks when you adopt a puppy or kitten. The text accompanying this photo highlights just two of the health … Continue reading Keeping Your Senior Pet Healthy

Fighting Breed-Related Diseases

May 10, 2012

The refinement of purebred dogs over the past four or five centuries has created interesting versions of Canis familiaris, such as dogs with dreadlocks, wrinkles, extra toes, a double coat, or an innate ability to herd sheep. Selective breeding of dogs to propagate characteristics related to coat, foot size, or herding prowess may also have … Continue reading Fighting Breed-Related Diseases

Cats Are Medically Underserved

October 31, 2011

In my last post I wrote about how little attention has recently been paid to the cat in the articles published in The New York Times. Although I believe in fair and balanced reporting, the lack of newsprint devoted to the cat only hurts their feelings, not their health. As a cat owner, you might … Continue reading Cats Are Medically Underserved

Summer Safety for Pets

May 13, 2011

As the weather warms up, we spend more time outdoors with our pets. Everyone is happy for the fresh air and sunshine. But are you and your pet prepared? Here are The Animal Medical Center’s suggestions for a safe summer. All Pets Need Double ID A loud noise, a thunderstorm or a careless barbeque guest, … Continue reading Summer Safety for Pets

Heartworm Prevention

March 24, 2011

Are heartworms becoming resistant to preventive medications? This week marks the first day of spring and for many dogs and cats, spring means a trip to the veterinarian’s office for a heartworm test and renewal of a prescription for heartworm prevention. To help me address the timely topic of “heartworm disease,” I invited a recognized … Continue reading Heartworm Prevention

Summer Pet Hazards

June 1, 2010

As the weather warms up, everyone, including the family pet, wants to spend more time outdoors. Fresh air, sunshine and more opportunity to exercise are just a few of the benefits of the summer season. But summer also brings with it an opportunity for injury. To keep your pet safe this summer season, here are … Continue reading Summer Pet Hazards

Taking Better Care of Our Cats

January 20, 2010

It seems that cats are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to veterinary care. Research has shown that cat owners are taking their cats to the vet less often. Research sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association determined 83% of dogs see a veterinarian annually while only 64% of cats see … Continue reading Taking Better Care of Our Cats

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy in a Tough Economy

November 24, 2008

We understand that during these tough economic times, cutting expenses is on all of our minds. Pet owners who may be looking for ways to cut costs could be tempted to scrimp on pet care to save money. But this strategy soon may turn out to be more expensive when a little problem becomes a big crisis. Maintaining your schedule of preventive healthcare with your family veterinarian is the best way to identify health issues early so that they remain treatable problems.